I’ve seen a bit of public murals, but nothing this exceptional. Walking down 2nd Avenue the other month to check out the blue-chip art in the new 2nd Avenue subway line, about which I have mixed feelings, I stumbled first upon the one image and then the other out on the street.
The first is Libre by Viajero, and was installed in 2015 as part of the East Harlem Monument Art Project, about which you can read here. An artist’s statement is here and there’s more here by Viajero and more here and this interview here. Libre is at 2nd Avenue and E.113th Street.
I’m going to post more images from both projects all together, but I wanted to devote some special to these two. Viewed together, the two images touch upon the experience of dislocation and the idea of home.